March 7, 2006

NEWS: Native Lens program introduces youth to media careers (USA)

Native Lens program introduces youth to media careers
Posted: March 06, 2006 - by: Richard Walker / Indian Country Today
SWINOMISH, Wash. - Swinomish elders vividly remember the fish and clams once yielded by the shores of March's Point.

Today, those shores are blighted by muck from the peninsula's three oil refineries. Beer cans, tires and trash are more likely to be found than clams. Above, in the path of bald eagles and migratory birds, exhaust billows from refinery smokestacks.

This land was supposed to be part of the Swinomish Indian Reservation, but delays in ratification of the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855 allowed non-Native settlement of the peninsula and, within 100 years, development of the area's first oil refinery.

''Slow Burn,'' a documentary by three Swinomish teens, explores the question of ownership of the peninsula - an issue being raised by Swinomish leaders - and the environmental impacts of the refineries.
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